AFT Southern Regional Office Records
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), was founded in 1916 to improve the working lives of teachers through out the country by affiliating with the AFL-CIO. The Southern Regional Office is one of five satellite offices of the AFT located in Atlanta, Georgia. It represents teachers, paraprofessionals, and school-related personnel who are members of AFT in the states of: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington D.C. The function of the office is to assist in organizing local affiliates, help with negotiating a contract for the local and lend support in various education reform initiatives taking place in the region.
The majority of the office’s records consist of correspondence between locals, school districts, and the AFT. These records also give detailed information on organizing campaigns and negotiating contracts. Other materials include state constitutions, education related issues, lawsuits, legal decisions, state and federal legislation, pamphlets, salary information, news releases, newspaper articles, and union newsletters.
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